Thousands without power in LA County as Santa Ana winds whip across region

Gusting Santa Ana winds knocked out power to residents across the Southland today, with Southern California Edison reporting more than 31,000 outages in Los Angeles County alone.

In Long Beach, roughly 108 customers in the Traffic Circle area were still without power, but Edison expects power to be back up by 3:30 p.m. Winds of up to 37 miles per hour were reported in Long Beach.

As of late Monday morning, there were 31,432 Southern California Edison customers affected in county areas served by the utility, including about 1,000 in Monrovia, 600 in the La Canada Flintridge area, and 830 in Sierra Madre.

In Orange County, nearly 18,000 SCE customers were without power. Most of the outages were attributed to the gusting winds. But as the winds continue, customers in some areas might have their power cut voluntarily by utilities as they monitor fire-danger conditions. Utility companies such as Edison monitor conditions during extreme-fire conditions and can cut power in select areas to reduce fire danger from damaged electrical lines.

Officials in Malibu said Edison notified the city Monday morning that it was monitoring conditions in the area under the Power Safety Shutoff Program.

“Residents should be prepared for possible power outages,” according to an alert sent out by the city.

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